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Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)

Elephants disrupt the lives of a family deep in the jungles of Northern Siam, and an entire village.

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Achmed Abdullah (titles)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Natives of the Wild Natives of the Wild ... Themselves
Wild Beasts Wild Beasts ... Themselves
The Jungle The Jungle ... Itself
Kru Kru ... Kru - the Lao Tribesman
Chantui Chantui ... Chantui - His Wife
Nah Nah ... Nah - Son and Heir of the House of Kru
Ladah Ladah ... Their Little Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bimbo the Monkey Bimbo the Monkey
Namul Namul
Than Than ... A Friend from the Lao Village
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Storyline

Kru is a pioneer, living deeper in the jungle of northern Siam than any of his predecessors. He solves the problems caused by leopards and tigers attacking his stock by setting traps and killing those beasts. A baby chang (the Siamese word for elephant) is caught in his trap, and thinking he would tame it so it will work for him one day, he tethers it to a post under his house, which is on stilts. Its mother comes and destroys his house. Kru and his family flee to the village, where a mammoth herd of elephants suddenly appear and decimates the buildings in the village. But the villagers fight back. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

3 September 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chang See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand

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Box Office

Budget:

$60 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$612,425, 31 December 1927
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted and toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Much of this film was done in the style of a documentary. Actual natives and wild animals were used with the intention of capturing the reality of the jungle. It must be noted, however, that some scenes were re-staged if they turned out to be unsatisfactory. See more »

Quotes

Elder Tribesman: The Great Herd near here? What foolish words be these, O grandson of a monkey?
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Produced in the Jungles of Northern Siam See more »

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A product of its time; great music in the re-issue
28 December 1998 | by cliff-19See all my reviews

There is more than a little irony in seeing a film that is so much like an anthropological field work, but with a superimposed plot structure and characterization that we now find unacceptably corny. The music is marvelous, by the famed Thai group Fong Naam, and the ethnographic details are rich.


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